Being a professional writer has been C. Toni Graham’s dream since she was a small child, but it wasn’t until May of last year that she decided to leave her job as a corporate Senior Vice President and pursue her passion for writing children’s books. Her first published book is called ‘Gabby Giggles’.
“As a child I learned to read at a very early age and became fascinated with books and the adventures that would stimulate my imagination. My belief is this early exposure to books led me to have a desire to write,” Graham says. “When creating my own stories, I find that it is an outlet for releasing my sometimes offbeat since of humor, and it is also a great way to express my vision of the world we live in. I love to write fantasy stories because it is without boundaries and it is limitless.”
‘Gabby Giggles’ is the story of a girl who loves to giggle. Then one day, she’s happily skipping along—giggling of course—when she suddenly steps on a thorn! A very friendly bullfrog, which just so happens to specialize in feet, comes to the rescue. Bullfrog’s entertaining distractions and antics lead to a few giggles, and even a snort or two, as he works tirelessly to remove the thorn and make Gabby giggle once again.
“I conducted Gabby Giggles book readings and signings in area elementary schools,” Graham says. “It was great to see the students giggle, snort and become completely involved in the story. It’s the best reward any author can hope for when releasing a book.”
Though she is originally from Southern California, Graham has lived in San Jose for over 20 years.
“I consider San Jose to be my home and I have raised my family here,” Graham says.
Graham is currently working on a fantasy novel that is going through the process of being published. It will be the first of three books that will be released in the series.
“The story is a modern day saga of four young teens that find themselves trapped in another realm–“The Otherworld”, where they must abide by an evil druid’s bidding or risk endangering the lives of their loved ones and the magical beings they have befriended,” Graham says. “The title of the first book in the series trilogy is ‘Crossroads and the Himalayan Crystals’ and it should be released this fall.”
Graham has moved into the phase of touring various bookstores and other venues. Graham is scheduled to be at the Oakridge Mall on Saturday July 28th at 1:00 PM for a book reading and signing at BookSmart Kids. The special event will be an opportunity for kids to get the book and hear her read it aloud. There will be free giveaways and photo opportunities with “Gabby”.
Graham is also scheduled for a special reading event, followed by a signing, at Barnes and Noble on August 18, 2012 at 1:00 PM. The store is located at 3600 Stevens Creek Blvd in San Jose.